Thursday 11 November 2010

Hotel Acceptable Of The Contemporary

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Hotel Acceptable Of The Contemporary Variety, Rome.

Last dreaming before rising: in company with John Wetton & Billy B. Bill was expressing discontent with the re-mixing of his drums in the 40th. Anniversary series. It came down to the stereo placement. Well.

Loud thunder-snaps to accompany the beginning day.

To the breakfasting trough, the Gaucho Productions team already present I…

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Three tvs are placed around the room, impossible to escape other than on three select tables. Italian news, English language news & MTV. Several tries before I found a workable table for reading, with Noise Busters & Bach. Now that’s what you call breakfast…

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Back in the room a car horn blasts, repeatedly. This is rome. Views I…

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Lobby call for 11.45.

16.22    To the church, the Chiesa Metodista d’Italia, Via Firenze 38
Rome, for noon equipment check I…

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The dressing room / production suite I…

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The church I…

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All good.  But not so good for the promoter who has all manner of hassles. This is Italy. The bureaucracy is structured in such a way that, as if, all & any activities are impossible unless greased by considerations of various kinds. As one of the team said to Don Hernan: Italy taught Argentina. That is, to English eyes the business operations of this country are corrupt through & through.

The country most straightforward to work in, from my experience, is the US. There are union concerns in various places and power interests in many, but essentially it’s straightforward. This in comparison particularly to Argentina, Italy, Spain & Russia.

Returning to the hotel c. 13.45. Afternoon gentling & computing.

Lobby call for 16.45.

21.31    Theo, recently arrived from England, and Sylvain in the lobby. Off to soundcheck across the Street of Terror I…

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Road Dog Wilkins arrived c. 19.30 from hold-ups in traffic…

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Soundchecking I…

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Pizza & cheescake with the Team afterwards. Leaving c. 21.15. Back & dribbling.

22.26    Final computing done.

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